26 MAY 2018

As Atlantic Bike Week is well underway, the streets are swarming with motorcycles of all shapes and sizes. Bikers from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida converge on the Myrtle Beach area on Memorial Day weekend, turning the whole Grand Strand into one giant Bike Fest. It’s truly a sight to behold as Highway 17 is overflowing with motorcycle traffic. Some drivers are skittish around so much activity, and not everyone will be conscientious on the road.

Whether you are a biker or driving a car, the best way to avoid accidents is to be a defensive driver. It’s no use succumbing to road rage and lashing out at other people, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Instead of being impatient because traffic is moving too slow, take the time to admire all the unusual motorcycles around you. Some people get very creative with modifications and paint on their bikes, and some are great works of art. Always be aware of what’s going on around you. This means no cell phone use, loud music, or any other distractions behind the wheel. Some bikers will break traffic laws, speed, squeeze between cars, and fail to use turn signals. It’s better to plan for these actions and maneuver around them than to hurt someone, even if it’s their fault. If you want to avoid heavy traffic, plan to take alternate routes to play it safe and arrive at your destination sooner.

If you are on a motorcycle, be courteous to other drivers. Have a decisive plan of action before you get on the road so you don’t have to stop and discuss directions with your group. There is a time and place for burnouts, tricks, wheelies, and engine revving. Quiet neighborhoods and back roads are not that place. When traffic is slower, just go with the flow of the other vehicles rather than ride on the shoulder or between lanes. The residents of North Myrtle Beach welcome bikers, but they also want everyone to be safe and thoughtful of others. Bike Week is all about fun, so be careful that someone else’s fun is not spoiled by what you are doing.

Memorial Day Weekend is one of the most exciting times to be in North Myrtle Beach. There is so much to see and do during Bike Week, and you can feel the energy in the air as the motorcycles roar down the road. At Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, we want our biker guests to come back year after year, so follow these tips to make sure everyone stays safe and has a great time!